the shop is live! yay!

Finally! My goodness…this last week or so has felt like years! All the teeny tiny things to wrap up… taking photos, writing descriptions, figuring out shipping, oh my! Thankfully I’ve had an AWESOME team helping me. Seriously, how did I get such an incredible crew of friends?! I love you guys!

This whole process has been so amazing. I’ll have to tell you the story sometime, really. But I will just say that it’s pretty awesome how it all came together over the last few months. I actually dove into changing a ton of things in my business last October/November… but admittedly the holidays and end of year client work swept me away from it again. Then at the beginning of this year I launched a few other client sites, and then of course there was Noisepop and SXSW… the list goes on. There’s always something isn’t there!? πŸ™‚

Well the good news is that by the time SXSW came around, I was on a mission. I had wanted to get everything around before I left, but there was just no time, so I let it go…but with the intention that when I returned I would make this happen once and for all. And I have! I’m soo stoked! Seriously I have wanted this since I was a little girl: My illustrations on products! I think with working online for so many years now, it’s just so rad to have tangible items. That you can touch, and wear! So neat.

(Sidenote: I’ve gotten so spoiled with Ali & Aubrey’s awesome editing skills these last few weeks, I feel like I want them to edit this blog post. haha. Let the record show I try to write well, but I’m no pro, like those girls – so no criticizing my errors, prease. πŸ™‚

So ya, where was I? *sigh* I’m excited. haha. More than anything it’s a big, fabulous experiment! I am just totally into diving into it, learning and seeing where it will take me. So fun! It’s so neat, because I’ve worked solely on my own – Freelance out of my house – for the last four years now, and one of the big reasons I hit that wall last Sept/Oct was that I felt like I wanted to do some sort of collaboration. I have been wanting more interaction… to do something on a bigger scale, somehow. But at that time I wasn’t even sure what that was. Wouldn’t you know it, though…ask & you shall receive, because I’ve done more collaborating in the last MONTH than I have in years. And I LOVE IT.

Following my heart this last month and diving into it has brought me back to life more than ever before. I mean, I know I’m a pretty positive, happy person to begin with, but this last month I have been waking up at the same time every morning. Eyes wide open, and feeling so alive and so excited for another day! I seriously don’t mean to get all sappy on you, but the old adage of listening to your heart is probably the wisest statement ever. JUST GO FOR IT. That’s what my heart’s been saying to me. So I did. πŸ™‚

Original WilloToons Shop

I can only hope that you all with stay with me, watch it grow and morph and we can all get together and have a big fun party singing and dancing and laughing! πŸ™‚ Seriously though, I really hope you all will give me your honest feedback. Tell me what you love, what you would change, etc. I want to collaborate with YOU.

Thanks for being here.
xo

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See related post: WilloToons Mission

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alicetiara - May 10, 2007 Reply

Hi Willo – I love the store! It’s really pretty and the products are fabulous. I can tell how much work you and your crew put in, and I love seeing my friends’ smiling faces as models! I am ordering an “internet friends” T for sure! See you this summer! xo alice

brian - May 10, 2007 Reply

Congrats, Willo!

Good luck with the store. The whole thing looks very professional….and pleasing to look at.

Truthfully, I think the shirts with illustrations are the strongest (Hey, I’m visual. I need to look at cool graphics on shirts).

But the “Don’t you know who I am?” and “eat.sleep.rock.repeat.” shirts are tre excellent!

Good luck, my friend.

brian - May 10, 2007 Reply

Oh, and the site redesign kicks arse. And that jewelry. Damn, girl those pieces are cool.

You da bombtastic!

brian - May 10, 2007 Reply

Okay, last comment:

It’s hilarious that you have two blogs happening on this front page, the regular one and that little twitter window.

For those times when people have to know what you’re thinking RIGHT NOW….they can just check your twitter.

You could even update your more thoughtful musings on the left side with your twitter on the right.

Or you could treat it like your footnotes or something: “Hey, remember that band I saw two weeks ago and couldn’t for the life of me remember their name. Here’s their website!”

I don’t know how you keep track of it all…..oh, wait yes I do. It’s all neatly organised on your front page.

Yay! πŸ™‚

Again, good luck with the store.

willo - May 10, 2007 Reply

Thanks guys!

Brian, you are awesome. I actually thought of you a lot as I wrote this post…thinking of that great comment you left me last Sept, all about how I was needing to do my creative stuff more. So true! You rock…thank you so much for your feedback & support! xo

JustinZiccardi - May 10, 2007 Reply

I’m so happy about this! Congrats, ‘lo. I’ll be watching for Male Whale shirts. πŸ˜‰

kristin - May 11, 2007 Reply

oh my god.
i am so proud of you. congrats!

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